June 25, 2019
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Muguruza earns hard-fought win, Kerber crashes out of French Open 1st round

Paris, May 26 (efe-epa).- Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza on Sunday had to dig deep to earn a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Taylor Townsend of the United States in the French Open first round after nearly two hours of play.

The Caracas-born Muguruza had a shaky start at the new 5,000-seat Simonne Mathieu stadium in front of a solid Townsend, 23.

Thus, it was a close first set that the American player, world No. 96, managed to bag on the strength of a decisive service break in the 12th game, having already traded a single service break each halfway through the set.

Townsend’s momentum seemed to continue in the second set as she created a break point in the second game, but she served her way out of trouble and it was a turning point.

Then Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, broke Townsend’s serve twice, first in third game and then in the seventh, without facing a single break point to draw level at one set apiece.

Muguruza, a former world No. 1, appeared to be unstoppable, despite facing a break point in the early going of the third set.

In a similar scenario to the second set, the two-time Grand Slam champion stormed into a 5-1 lead, two consecutive service breaks included, and a couple of games later she sealed the win.

Muguruza, seeded No. 19, even had chances to win the match a game earlier as she created three consecutive break points, but Townsend managed to delay what seemed to be inevitable.

Next up for the Spaniard will be Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who defeated Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4.

Fifth seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, meanwhile, saw her run for a Career Grand Slam coming to an early end at the hands of youngster Anastasia Potapova of Russia.

In the first round of the only Grand Slam tournament she has yet to win, Kerber lost to the 18-year-old Potapova 6-4, 6-2 in the German’s first appearance after two months on the sideline due to physical issues.

Potapova, world No. 81, is set to square off against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, who prevailed over Yafan Wang of China 6-4, 6-3. EFE

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